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Superintendent’s Message

 

Dear Islip Community:

The district is back and fully operational for the 2017-18 school year. We are pleased to see the facility improvements that took place in our district this summer. These facility upgrades, totaling $15 million, included electrical and plumbing upgrades; 58 bathroom renovations; auditorium renovations at Wing, CRES, Sherwood and the middle school (to be completed in the next few weeks); sidewalk and parking upgrades; new ventilators at Sherwood and CRES, along with adjacent shelving; new flooring and ceiling tiles throughout the district; and HVAC work at the high school. Our custodial, maintenance, and buildings and grounds crews worked through Labor Day weekend in preparation for our students' and staff's return on opening day. Thanks to everyone's efforts and patience, our facilities will be in great shape for many years to come.

As I reflect on the last 10 years, Islip has made great strides to become a district that meets the needs of our ever-changing world. This is evidenced by our academic initiatives and the results they garner: a 98 percent graduation rate, our literacy program at the elementary schools, Algebra I for all at the middle school (with a 90 percent pass rate), our G&T Excel Program, our Business and STEM academies, our in-house cosmetology program and so much more. Islip has earned recognition as one of the "Best Communities for Music Education" from the NAMM Foundation because of our outstanding music programs. Our special education and English as a New Language programs, along with our support services, help us meet the needs of all students. At the secondary level, our extracurricular activities allow our students to be engaged in activities from athletics to Science Olympiads. What makes Islip even more special is the humanitarian interests that teach our students compassion and citizenship.

The students, staff and community have been my family since 2008. It is with mixed emotions that I share that the 2017-18 school year will be my last in education. Beginning next July, I will start a new chapter as I enter retirement and return my focus to being a wife and mother.

We still have much work to do this year, and the Islip Schools family is ready to make 2017-18 one of its best years yet. I have always wanted to be an educator, and I am so proud to end my career as a Buccaneer.

 

Sincerely,
Susan A. Schnebel
Superintendent of Schools